Set Illustrator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Set illustrators plan and prepare the art work to create scenes and backgrounds used in T.V. shows, motion pictures and stage shows. They read scripts and submit their illustration ideas to the set designer. They artistically create illustrations by drawing, painting & construction.
Duties: They read scripts for stage plays and production and confer with set designers to understand requirements for each set based on themes, budgets, time periods and geographic location.

Conduct research of the time period and location to arrive at specifications for set architecture, vegetation and decorative art. They submit sketches & proposals for set designer approval.

They produce the artistic scenes by painting and construction of background scenes from materials such as paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, cloth, etc.

They select and draw lettering and graphic arts for signs, street scenes, advertisements, etc. that accompany the background scenes.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in fine arts or theater and studio arts is the usual required training. Coursework in interior design, art history, and computer-assisted interior design are important, as well work experience through a college club, summer theater or local TV station.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.